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Did Sony Trick Fans into Buying Fake Michael Jackson CDs? Maybe.

Were you among the millions of fans who bought MJ’s Michael album in 2010? This was a posthumous release designed to (a) clean out the vault a little bit: and (b) capitalize on the rise in MJ’s popularity following his death. If so, did you notice anything…odd about songs like “Breaking News,” “Monster” and “Keep Your Head Up?” Vera Serova, a longtime Jackson fan, thought she did. So she filed a lawsuit.

Serova asserts that it’s not MJ singing on these recordings. Instead, it’s one of his longtime friends, Eddie Cascio. She believes that Cascio, his production company, Angelikson Productions LLC, created these songs and sold them to unsuspecting fans through Michael Jackson’s estate and Sony Music. From Digital Music News:

Both Cascio and [James] Porte [an associate of Cascio] claim that these songs were recorded in Cascio’s New Jersey basement in 2007.  However, Serova and the entire Jackson family contest these claims.  They say that despite the recordings bearing a similar sound to that of the pop legend, Michael Jackson never recorded those songs.  There are simply too many inconsistencies.

Consequently, Serova filed a lawsuit against Cascio and Porte.  The suit included Sony Music Entertainment, as Serova claims that they mislead consumers by falsely representing the songs as Michael Jackson recordings.

Read more here.



Alan Cross

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